बुधवार, 26 अप्रैल 2017

Nabin Patnaik, Chief Minister- Giant Killer of Children in Odisha

Nabin Patnaik, Chief Minister- Giant Killer of Children in Odisha

Dear friends

A child is the future of country. The life of a Child has been safeguarded by starting from Indian Constitution to United Nation’s Convention on Rights of Child. To save the children from vulnerability, malnutrition and hunger, the National Govt.  has launched ICDS  programme from 1973   with required budgetary allocation in each year   to all states  to ensure  nutritious food  to  the  children  along  with provision of  other  services like immunisation, free health  check up, pr-schooling, referral service etc. through Anganwadi Centres.  Full-fledged Anganwadi centres with availability of all infrastructures is pre-requisite to render ICDS service to the Children of age group of 7 months to 6 years.   While hearing WP(C ) No. 196/2001, the Supreme Court  has  given   series of directions to both Central Government   and State Government  to streamline  ICDS programme including developing infrastructure  like own building  and other accessories for  each Anganwadi Centres. The Central Govt.  has also made huge financial allocation to State Govt.  for construction of   building of the AWCs. 

 Within 18 years of rule in Odisha as Chief Minister, Nabin Patnaik has claimed of taking a lot of measures including Mamata Yojana to check child malnutrition and child death in the state.  But we do not see any substantial changes in reduction of child malnutrition death in the state.  Despite huge allocation and expenditure of fund for ICDS programme and distribution of egg and Chhatua  to the beneficiaries, ICDS project  has miserably  failed  to   check child malnutrition  in Odisha mostly in tribal pockets.  To cover up child malnutrition issue, many times the state Govt. attributes  the reason of child death   is   unknown disease , sometimes  lack of treatment  etc.

But the major challenge  the Anganwadi workers  face  while  carrying out multiple  activity under ICDS project is lack of infrastructure i.e., own building.  As per  the information obtained  under RTI  on 31.3.2017  from Dept. of Women and Child Development, Govt. of Odisha,  55 % of Anganwadi Centre do not  have own building in Odisha. Due to  absence of  own building , the Aganwadi workers are  seen gathering  the children in open field or  under tree or someone’s verandah.  children are not only served  food properly but also  deprived of  immunisation and pre-school education. The  ill-trained  and illiterate Anganwadi workers  conduct their office work in their  house and hardly  visits centres. Besides  that  the huge  corruption,  misappropriation of fund , distribution of  low quality Chhatua  has marred  ICDS programme  in tribal pockets.

  The question comes why Nabin Patnaik Govt.   precariously failed  to ensure  building  to all Centres within 18 years of rule in the state.   The reason cited by State Govt.   as non-availability of fund   is big hoax. Because the special untied fund is given by Central Govt.  under various schemes like IAP, Tribal sub-plan schemes, NREGA  etc.  which  could have been used  to  develop infrastructure  for AWCs. MPLAD, MLAD LAD  of BJD MPs and MLAs  could have been used  to develop infrastructure.  But  this Govt.  has failed  in all respects.  Lack of transparency,  mis-governance  and Maladministration and corruption  perpetuated  by Nabin Patnaik  has  brought down economic development of the state and resulted in big failure of ICDS project in Odisha.

Status of Own Building of Anganwadi Centres in Odisha
Sl.No
Name of District
Sanctioned
Own Building as on 31.12.2016
Anganwadi Centres
Mini-AWCs
Total
1
Angul
1622
32
1654
939
2
Balasore
3687
480
4167
1055
3
Baragarh
2670
229
2899
1116
4
Bhadrak
2166
269
2435
849
5
Bolangir
2472
188
2660
1496
6
Boudh
650
67
717
450
7
Cuttack
2992
326
3318
770
8
Deogarh
572
216
788
514
9
Dhenkanal
1873
327
2200
1381
10
Gajapati
1451
924
2375
894
11
Ganjam
5073
66
5139
1735
12
Jagatsingh Pur
1647
193
1840
525
13
Jajpur
2760
46
2806
717
14
Jharsuguda
786
171
957
664
15
Kalahandi
1837
410
2247
1411
16
Kandhamal
1580
522
2102
1364
17
Kendrapara
1883
264
2147
446
18
Keonjhar
2512
745
3257
1889
19
Khurda
2409
145
2554
747
20
Koraput
2723
541
3264
1617
21
Malkangiri
1020
230
1250
1050
22
Mayurbhanj
3680
1200
4880
3041
23
Nawarangpur
2038
181
2219
1495
24
Nayagarh
1169
415
1584
447
25
Nuapara
1216
140
1356
970
26
Puri
2560
39
2599
607
27
Rayagada
1397
550
1947
962
28
Sambalpur
1466
380
1846
1368
29
Subarnpur
1250
321
1571
694
30
Sundargarh
3010
799
3809
2351

Total
62171
10416
72587
33564

Sanjay Sahu, RTI Activist
Core-Committee Member of Odisha Soochana Adhikar Abhijan
M- 86416694

Date- 28.4.17 

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